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      Hemp, or industrial hemp (from Old English hænep), typically found in the northern hemisphere, is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown specifically for the industrial uses of its derived products. It is one of the fastest growing plants and was one of the first plants to be spun into usable fiber10,000 years ago. It can be refined into a variety of commercial items including paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, paint, insulation, biofuel, food, and animal feed.

      Although cannabis as a drug and industrial hemp both derive from the species Cannabis sativa and contain the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), they are distinct strains with unique phytochemicalcompositions and uses. Hemp has lower concentrations of THC and higher concentrations of cannabidiol (CBD), which decreases or eliminates its psychoactive effects. The legality of industrial hemp varies widely between countries. Some governments regulate the concentration of THC and permit only hemp that is bred with an especially low THC content. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp


      So let's look at our industries today that could be using hemp in their products, and right now that number of products is around 25,000. I am not going to discuss 25 thousand products, I just want to discuss one. Plastics.


      Plastics have been under fire ever since the industry started making plastic wrap for food. The major issue was that the food industry was too dependent on plastic, and many environmental agencies wanted the industry to mix it up so we didn't have so much plastic in the landfills.

      I still remember going to a butcher and purchasing meat wrapped in brown or white paper. Cardboard was a necessity in the food industry, and then those foam packages took center in some of the food industries, but the major headache was, "what to wrap this stuff with?"

      Unfortunately plastic today is treated just as much a staple as sugar and salt. The stuff is clear, it will wrap around the most unforgiving of items you can imagine, it makes the item see through, and as long as you wrap the item correctly, the plastic will make the item waterproof. Oh! It's cheap too. But right out of the gate people noticed months in the dump did not decompose the plastics at a rate they felt was acceptable. But the food industry treated plastic like bread with peanut butter and jelly. The plastic was inseparable from the industry. From plastic straws to wrap and plastic plates, and even in frozen, plus fresh food items got on board with the stuff. Visit any grocery, or fast food chain, the first thing you see is not only their best sellers, it is also served in plastic. Even if it is a thin film lining a paper cup, you can't visit a grocery chain or a fast food restaurant that doesn't at least have one item in use made from the stuff.


      Plastic is made from oil, and don't ask me how they do that because I don't have a clue. But for months now I have said we need to ban plastics because they are crapping our ecosystem. But a crazy thing happened and that was Hemp. The Feds made hemp legal to grow. This is a godsend for the plastic industry, but not so much for the oil industry. So I believe there may be a fight over which is better, but just so you know hemp is biodegradable and plastic made from oil is not. Word is plastics made from oil, some will still be around a thousand years after all of us are gone.


      And the winner is Hemp! So today plastics can be made from Hemp including for the food industries. All we need to do folks is convince the industry to use Hemp for food plastics or use cardboard in it's place. We all know that cardboard is not a winner they want plastic food containers, and wrap, and let's not forget the enemy number one, the straw. The big thing though, is how do you get a industry to make a change and plunge head first into Hemp plus love the idea of the change? I say we need to use the environment as a reason for change. We have to start somewhere and plastic food containers and wraps is an excellent choice to get started on cleaning up the mess we created. We should also have lots and lots of kudos for the food chains that agree to Hemp plastics. We can call them perks for the industries, or call them for what they really are and that is... industries or businesses that care for the environment.


      By the way in case you don't know they have already said that hemp is the next best thing too save farmers. I wish I had a few hundred acres. I know I would be planting it because it is already considered a super crop. You get in at the bottom and you are sitting pretty while many are still trying to figure it out. Be sure you have a buyer though. Right now there are thousands of buyers as long as you are good at selling it.

      https://modernfarmer.com/2018/07/so-you-want-to-be...


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          Ghostolini
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          Many years I was putting a Fire Protection System In a History Museum in Salem, Indiana. At lunch time I picked up old books from the early 1800's and started looking through them. Hemp at that time was the number one cash crop in Indiana at that time and before it was a state I believe. I remember that and have mentioned that a number of times and I have always wondered why it fell out of favor with farmers and those who bought it for what ever they used it for back then.

          That same place also had a lot of old stuff and pictures from the civil war era which was neat to look at. My job took me to many interesting places through the years.

          One of the most interesting places was a factory we put the Fire Protection in for the United States Government/US Army and for the French Government. It was a joint venture for taking quartz and making a very thin thread out of for use in outer space on those shields that extend to pick up the sun and signals from earth. The cold of outer space doesn't bother that stuff.

          The process is classified even though I saw it because I had clearance from Uncle Sam to be there. I went back there every year for the yearly inspection of the sprinkler system until I retired because I still had clearance to get in there plus I knew most of the people there.

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              Retired669
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              My friend Keith says henp is God's plant. Hemp can replace just about anything and Marijuana is a solid pain reliever that is non addictive and not as physically destructive as opiates.


              It grows just about anywhere. It is in the same phyllum as tomatoes.

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                      Ghostolini
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                      The article failed to mention the roles of Anslinger, Hearst and Dupont who were the power behind Hemp prohibition. It wasn't about protecting people from a devil weed, it was about oligarchs cornering the paper investments by Hearst and chemical products of the Dupont Corp. Now, doesn't that sound f*king familiar?

                      Here are some alternatives:


                      https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-envir...

                      http://listverse.com/2018/03/24/top-10-fascinating...

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                          I did not know about this. But I always thought because Hemp is so versatile someone was blocking it. I am still laughing because it is legal. I even wondered if someone would pull a fast one and sneak it into a bill. Maybe we need to watch close to see who tries.

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